Book Review: In Utero

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2024 by Nigel Church

“I’m sorry. But you’re hurting my friend.”

What’s the story?

In Utero starts with a brief setup of a large nuclear-looking explosion in the middle of an Australian city then jumps to 12 years later where we meet our (almost) 12-year-old protagonist Hailey. While the cause remains something of a mystery people have moved on and Hailey is being dropped off at an abandoned mall, now housing a daycare, near the site of the explosion. Hailey is much older than most of the other members of the daycare and since the setting is a whole mall it’s pretty easy for her to slip off unnoticed. Which allows her to meet Jen. Jen appears to be an older teenager, but it quickly becomes apparent that Jen isn’t really human as she displays unusual powers while giving Hailey a tour of the decrepit mall. This culminates in Jen introducing Hailey to her real self, which is a car-sized egg. Jen invites Hailey into a sort of mental space, where a lot of the book takes place, and we learn more of Jen’s backstory and that she is not the only strange thing hiding out in the abandoned mall. Continue reading “Book Review: In Utero”

If You Like Board Games – Part 1: The Classics

Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 by Laura W

"Books that remind me of board games" on a gradient blue background with game pieces surrounding it.

You are in good company. Board games are one of my all-time favorite ways to bond with people. There are so many options. Wanna learn more about someone? There’s a board game for that. Wanna play a game for the next 12 hours straight? There’s a board game for that too! Want something on butterflies? It exists. Dinosaurs? Yup. Zombie kittens? Absolutely. Pretty much anything you can think of has a board game. They’re also beneficial to the brain, which makes me feel good when playing them. If you can’t already tell, I really like board games. But not all games are created equal. For me to truly love a game, I have to want to keep existing with it past when I’m done playing. Essentially, I like games that stick with me in some way, whether because of the theme or the gameplay. Luckily for me, there are often books that can match the general vibe of a game, so I can stay immersed past the gaming experience itself. With these books, the experience of your favorite board games doesn’t have to end with the final move taken. Because of the sheer volume of games I want to talk about, we’re gonna start with just the classics. I couldn’t make a list about board games without talking about…

The most classic board game: Chess

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2024 March Madness Champion Announced!

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2024 by Megan

At the Daniel Boone Regional Library, since the early winter months, you voted on 16 of our most popular young adult books.

Each week in March, teens voted to narrow down the list of contenders until a single title emerged as the Mid-Missouri teen book champion!  Each round of voting entered teens for a chance for cool prizes and we’ll be announcing the winners of the drawing soon!

Thanks to all the teens, teachers, media specialists, and librarians who voted, created brackets and promoted the tournament!

And now without further ado: Continue reading “2024 March Madness Champion Announced!”

The Selector’s Selections: March 2024

Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 by Brianna

For whatever reason, all my books this time feature romances. I say whatever reason, but obviously “romantasy” is huge right now, and publishers are paying attention to that. So if you enjoy romance, read on! And if you don’t, I promise I’ll try to include non-romances next month.

coverWhat Monstrous Gods” by Rosamund Hodge

This fantasy starts with Sleeping Beauty vibes, but quickly dives deep into political and divine machinations. 500 years ago, the sorcerer Ruven placed the entire royal family under an enchanted sleep, and raised up impenetrable briars around the palace. The royal family were the kingdom’s connection to the gods, so now the gods are silent and no longer working miracles through their human saints. Lia was born with magic, and has been raised to kill the sorcerer and break the enchantment. Once she does, the gods will be able to save the kingdom from plague and neighboring enemies. But Lia’s reward for saving the royal family is an unwanted betrothal, and the assignment to travel the kingdom and restore shrines to the old gods. As she travels with her prince fiancé, she learns that the gods aren’t at all what she expected, and that Ruven may have made the right choice in silencing them 500 years ago. At least, that’s what Ruven says, as he’s also traveling with them in the form of an annoyingly attractive ghost that only Lia can see. Lia navigates faith, obedience, lies and love in this compelling standalone fantasy. Continue reading “The Selector’s Selections: March 2024”

Caring for Houseplants = Caring for You

Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 by Megan

A close up of a plant with green leaves. Text reads Caring for Houseplants = Caring for You

It’s officially spring as of yesterday! And if you’re like me springtime can be a mix of joy and misery. Joy! 😃 The sun is out longer, the weather is warming up and flowers blooming. Misery. 😭 The flowers are blooming. I’m an indoor cat through and through, so I’ll just sit in a sunbeam and soak up the spring vibes from the comfort of my couch. That doesn’t mean I can’t bring some nature indoors – I’m looking at you, houseplants! Having houseplants is a great way to get a daily dose of nature without all the itchy, watery eyes. Caring for houseplants is also a great form of self-care. Here are just a few benefits (according to WebMD):

  • Stress relief – being around plants can have a calming effect
  • Sharper focus – in classrooms with potted plants students performed better on tests than those without any plants
  • Better mental health – nurturing your plants can also nurture your emotional health

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Collectors and Their Collections

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 by Nigel Church

You are of an age to be collecting things, I know this because you are of an age to be reading this blog. And if this happens to be the first thing you’ve ever read, congratulations! There will be many more words to collect in your future.

My collecting of things started, and you awarded no points for guessing this, with books. Or rather with book. My first book, let’s say Green Eggs and Ham, was not a collection. One, because I did not acquire it deliberately and you cannot collect things without some level of intent. And two, because I drooled on it* and put it in my mouth and if you are going to collect a thing you shouldn’t drool on it, even if it’s like baby bibs or something, and you shouldn’t put it in your mouth unless you are collecting Olympic gold medals and then only the once. Continue reading “Collectors and Their Collections”

Good for Her

Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2024 by Dana

 

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m celebrating the growing genre of “Good for Her.”

Good for Her stories have a female main character that fights against an unjust power or system. She often subverts the expected rules to obtain her justice and doesn’t feel bad about it. Good for Her stories present systemically oppressed people with dreams come true. We love seeing a woman triumph, whether it’s against an abusive lover, a rigged contest, the school bullies, or the patriarchy.  There is so much we can’t control in life, from the families we are born into to the potentially toxic teachers, classmates, and coworkers with whom we must get along in order to survive. This is why witnessing other unseen, underestimated, and exploited women win feels so, so good.

So if you’re craving some righteous, delicious feminine retribution, peruse the titles below.

And for some more options, including movies, check out this list. Continue reading “Good for Her”

The Selector’s Selections: February 2024

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 by Brianna

I’m back! I’m all settled in at work (literally, I’ve got multiple blankets and a space heater), and I’m ready to tell you about some new books! As always, if you prefer reading digitally, check the catalog after the books’ publication date to see if we have the e-book or e-audio.

cover“A Tempest of Tea” by Hafsah Faizal

Arthie Casimir is an orphan who has created a criminal empire for herself based on secrets. She runs a teahouse that caters to wealthy humans by day, and at night becomes an illegal bloodhouse for vampires. She’s proud of her success, especially in a city where her brown skin closes more doors than it opens. But now someone is threatening her business, so naturally, she decides that a dangerous heist is the best solution. As she gathers her crew from the fringes of society, she prepares to steal information that will help her take down the corrupt and colonizing East Jeevant Company. With a setting reminiscent of Victorian London with some nods to Arthurian legend and the 1920s, this historical fantasy has been described as “Peaky Blinders” but with vampires. Continue reading “The Selector’s Selections: February 2024”

Award Season for Books – Youth Media Awards 2024

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 by Megan

It’s finally here! It’s award season … for books! Early every year, the American Library Association (ALA) hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature are honored for the outstanding works they have published over the last year.
Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work. Below are the awards honoring distinguished books for young adult readers. Be sure to check out the book lists for the complete list of winners and honorees!

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If You Hate Valentine’s Day…

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 by Laura W

Trust me, you are not the only one. There are lots of reasons to not be the biggest fan of the holiday. Personally, when I was in high school, I actively dreaded the day. For many reasons, I never really dated in my teens. I struggled a lot with my mental health. I wasn’t quite sure of my sexuality. And on top of it all, I went to a very small school and was very unpopular, so no one even wanted to date me. It was a sore spot on a regular day. On Valentine’s Day, it became an active wound. When I started seeing how based in consumerism the holiday is, my dislike turned to active hatred. If you feel like I did back then (some mix of unlovable and alone), first of all, you’re not alone and you are so so worthy of love, in whatever form fits you. Secondly, you might desperately want something NOT love-related during this frankly unpleasant period. Or you might want some examples of love that aren’t horrifically painful and awful. If either is the case, I’ve got you covered. Continue reading “If You Hate Valentine’s Day…”